A truly unique visitor attraction located on an attractive stretch of coastline at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. This impressive 86ft octagonal tower, constructed in 1720 by Trinity House as a navigational mark to aid shipping is grade II* listed for unusual architectural interest. It is now a well-loved landmark and is believed to be the only one of its kind and era in existence. The Naze Tower was derelict and on the 'Buildings at Risk List' until 2004 when after extensive renovations it was opened to the public for the very first time in its history. Since then it has proved very popular with tourists, locals, education and community groups. The Naze Tower has a lot to offer, perhaps the most exciting being the climb up the spiral staircase to the roof-viewing platform. From the open top the panoramic views are breathtaking - the land and seascape of Essex and Suffolk and as far as Kent on a clear day. Within its metre thick walls and over 8 floors the Naze Tower also houses: A Museum and Information Centre - about the fascinating history of the Tower and the special environment of the Naze An Art Gallery - showing and selling diverse works by established and emerging artists often from the region. The Naze Tower is dramatically situated on the cliffs at the Naze a beautiful natural coastal location popular with the public for leisure pursuits. There is lots to explore - beach, cliff and seawall walks, a nature reserve and two SSSIs (Site of Special Scientific Interest) - the fossil rich Naze Cliffs and the natural habitat of Hamford Waters.
1st April-31st October everyday 10am-5pm (Weekend before Easter when in March) Weekends in March and November dependent on weather - check opening times, phone 07966 776417. Educational and community groups can visit out of season if booked, phone 07966 776417.
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Facilities and services
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
Accessibility: Wheelchair access to ground floor with Reception, Shop and Tea Room counter. Spiral Staircase - 11 Steps to Tea Room seating inside / seating outside fully accessible. 111 Steps to top of tower - climb made easier as 8 floors with chairs on each and artworks and museum to slow you down! Developing visual history and gallery guides. Sight-impaired can touch some artworks.
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